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What’s New on the Wii/DSi Shop Channel for May 31, 2010

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This week on the digital download services of Nintendo we have a treat for hardcore gamers who own DSis. And I do mean hardcore gamers, because they might be the only ones who know what X was. Wii owners don't quite have anything that old-school, save for this week's Virtual Console title. But then again, isn't that old-school by default?

Anyways, this week's games are as follows:

On DSiWare this week, we have X-Scape (Nintendo, 1 player, 800 DSi Points), Hero of Sparta (Gameloft, 1 player, 800 DSi Points), A Topsy Turvy Life: The Turvys Strike Back (Tecmo Koei Games, 1-2 players, 200 DSi Points), and Telegraph Sudoku & Kakuro (Sanuk Games, 1 player, 200 DSi Points). X-Scape is the sequel to Nintendo's relatively unknown X, a Game Boy game that created a pseudo 3-D environment. Except this time, it's real 3-D, because technology's come a long way since 1992. Hero of Sparta makes you Argos, the king of Sparta, and sets you on a quest for your missing crew. A Topsy Turvy Life: The Turvys Strike Back puts you in the shoes of an enemy called the Turvys in a shoot 'em up from Tecmo. Telegraph Sudoku & Kakuro is a collection of 500 different Sudoku and Kakuro puzzles from British paper the Telegraph.

WiiWare has three titles this week: Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of Hex (Konami, 1 player, 1,000 Wii Points), Voodoo Dice (Ubisoft, 1-4 players, 1,000 Wii Points), and Robocalypse – Beaver Defense (Vogster Entertainment, 1 player, 600 DSi Points). Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of Hex is the latest Ben 10 game to come out, this one from Konami, though it seems to be similar to the rest of the series. Voodoo Dice is an action-puzzle title that's a bit odd but could be fun. Robocalypse – Beaver Defense is your usual tower defense game, but now you're fighting off robots. Actually, wait, there are a lot of tower defense games like that …

This week, the Virtual Console is back with Wild Guns (SNES, 1-2 players, 800 Wii Points). Developed by Natsume, it's a wild west-themed third-person shooter with some sci-fi elements, except there aren't giant mechanical spiders like in Wild Wild West. Also, it lacks Kevin Kline.

Wild Guns debuts on the North American Virtual Console. It, along with Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of Hex, Voodoo Dice and Robocalypse – Beaver Defense, is available for download off the Wii Shop Channel, while X-Scape, Hero of Sparta, A Topsy Turvy Life: The Turvys Strike Back, and Telegraph Sudoku & Kakuro are available for download off the DSi Shop Channel.

Check back next week for the latest round of digital releases for the Wii and DSi. Until then, happy gaming!

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